About Us

We are organisations and individuals with strategic interests in participatory arts, including community arts, socially engaged arts, voluntary arts, and arts in education and learning. We come together as ArtWorks Alliance to help participatory arts in the UK become better.

We Work With

  • Arts organisations and artists with participatory practices
  • Higher and further education, trainers
  • Researchers, policy-makers
  • Organisations in social and criminal justice, education, health
  • Anyone influencing or influenced by participatory arts

Our Mission

Better participatory arts

Our Knowledge Bank

A wealth of research, case studies and evaluations making the case authoritatively for participatory arts and artists. All available for free.

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We are a powerful force in the development of participatory arts. Join in and you can also influence the shape of participatory arts in the UK.

About Us

We are a network of organisations and individuals with a passion for participatory arts and an understanding that working together to strengthen support for those working in the field will bring benefits for everyone involved.

Coming together as ArtWorks Alliance enables us to do more – more swiftly – to develop participatory arts than we can each achieve on our own. We can support better both the organisations delivering participatory arts and the artists working in the field, leading to higher quality experiences for participants.

Our work is ambitious and far-sighted. Find out more about us here and explore the different ways you can join in

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We’ve been supported by…

ArtWorks Alliance was initiated with funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation. It is currently collectively self-supported through member contributions to core costs on a ‘pay as you can’ basis, having received emergency funding from Arts Council England during 2020 through member Sound Sense.

ArtWorks: Developing practice in participatory settings was originally developed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Our Knowledge Bank

ArtWorks Alliance has created a huge library of research materials, reports and other resources. These all feature in our Knowledge Bank which is fully searchable and being added to all the time – and its free to everyone to use.

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Power Up

Explores the complexities and challenges of sharing power.

Author: Chrissie Tiller

Shared decision-making

Practical resource for involving local people in decision-making.

Author: Louise White

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How diverse are we, really?

A new perspective on diversity in CPP projects

Author: Dawn Cameron

Making your practice more sustainable

Resources & training for climate emergency

Author: Genevieve Rudd

Featured Resources

Latest Resources

All Resources

Case Studies

Evaluations & Reports

Featured

Latest

Research

Toolkits & Guidance

Videos

Power Up

Explores the complexities and challenges of sharing power.

Author: Chrissie Tiller

Shared decision-making

Practical resource for involving local people in decision-making.

Author: Louise White

All Resources

Case Studies

Evaluations & Reports

Featured

Latest

Research

Toolkits & Guidance

Videos

How diverse are we, really?

A new perspective on diversity in CPP projects

Author: Dawn Cameron

Making your practice more sustainable

Resources & training for climate emergency

Author: Genevieve Rudd

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Hip Hop HEALS

Hip Hop HEALS

Hip Hop is perhaps the most powerful and far-reaching modern music phenomenon known to man and womankind. Its multifaceted and complex nature allows its reach to surpass boundaries of race, culture and socio-economic context but how can we, as artists and creators, harness its powers to activate and enhance the wellbeing of the participants we meet during our everyday practice within the UK? Read this month’s blog from Kiz Manley.   

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Making sustainable futures

Making sustainable futures

Genevieve Rudd reviews the sustainability resources and training presentation she gave at the AWA Gathering in November 2021, highlighting practical steps towards addressing the climate emergency as a sector in 2022 and beyond.

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A positive way forward

A positive way forward

David Richmond from Arts in Development reflects on the AWA Gathering, which focused on workforce support and development in the times of Covid and climate crisis. Working in participatory arts, ‘We are not firefighters, but gardeners’, he argues.

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